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Are there local agencies that could use some extra support? How about a homeless shelter, domestic abuse center, or food pantry? Maybe a public radio or tv station, or local art gallery?

Perhaps you want to think more global. Check out Kiva for investing in people through micro-business loans.

More ideas to come…

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10 Responses to “invest”

  1. Columbus OH – Consider using your rebate check money to attend the Montana De Luz fund raising event. (http://montanadeluz.org/fiesta.htm).

  2. Phil,

    Give everyone more detail on Montana De Luz.

    Are there any American charitable organizations anyone is aware of?

  3. 3 Andy Sistrunk

    Consider investing part or all of your check to the Daytona Outreach Center in Daytona Beach. The DOC is a place where the homeless of Daytona get meals, clean socks, jackets, and hear messages of love and grace and faith in Jesus Christ. The DOC has a home where the homeless who will committ to a six month program are given a place to live, helped to find work, and help to serve the rest of the homeless community. My church picks up 25 “homies” every sunday in front of the DOC, and they get a hot breakfast, are in small groups, and worship as a part of our church family.

    Daytona Outreach Center
    562 N. Ridgewood Ave.
    Daytona Beach, FL 32114
    (386) 255-2409

  4. 4 tiffany

    These are some good people from school who are trying to raise moola to adopt a baby from Ethiopia: http://rogersadoptionstory.blogspot.com/ . You can donate on the right side of their blog.

  5. 5 Beth

    Well, this thread could fill up with hundreds of worthy groups. I’ll throw in just one that really is an *investment* rather than a *charity donation*, and that isn’t all that well known — Books For Africa. http://www.booksforafrica.org/

    BFA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who do one thing only — get textbooks and library books to Africa kids in African schools. They’ve shipped over 18 million books at a cost of only 38 cents a book to over 30 African countries. They are a very efficient, small operation which consistently gets high ratings from groups like Charity Navigator. Donating to them is truly an investment in the future because you are helping to educate and train future leadership in Africa.

    I don’t have a friend that works there, I don’t live in their area, this isn’t the personal project of a group I’m in. I just believe in what they do as something that can definitely make a difference.

    From their site: “They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never held a book before. Each book will be read over and over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.”

  6. 6 Red

    Josh,

    I just touted the Pentecost Project on feministe.us/blog. People on there were looking for ways to use their rebate checks in a non-traditional, consumerist way, and I thought, “Hey, I know someone doing that!”

    Hopefully you’ll be flooded with more ideas and resources soon! Keep up the good work!

  7. My favorite is My Family Friend Program. Local volunteer work where even the executives actually VOLUNTEER! Full time working moms invest their free time to keep as much of the donations going straight to the program as possible!

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